Well I haven't read most of them but I can give you my notes on the ones I have read.
These are two of my favorite books of all time
Not my favorite work by Shakespeare but all his works are good. I prefer the tempest.
I've read this several times and it's pretty good. Definitely worth reading and very short. You can probably get through it in one sitting.
This one is great. I've read the original and some modernized versions and I wouldn't say you NEED to read the original. It's kinda long winded and nearly half of it is just them taking breaks to get hammered.
>War and Peace
>The Divine Comedy
More superb works. Definitely read these.
>The Hobbit and the Silmarillion
I mean, they are fun. The Hobbit was one of my favorite books as a kid. I don't see why they are on this list though. You can skip them if you want, but if you're looking for entertainment they are worthwhile.
>The Holy Bible
Lmao why are these on here? They are culturally influential I guess and I've read them both and got something out of it... the Harry Potter series 4 times through. They are both rather bad from a literary standpoint though.
>Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
C'mon. Seriously? I mean, it's good, but there are so many things by Thomson that are better. This should be replaced with The Great Shark Hunt.
>Lord of the Flies
They are alright. Would recommend but hardly essential.
Ugh, I mean it's good... really good actually. Just if you like it you should also read some Octavia Butler and Ursula K Leguin.
>Thus Spoke Zarathustra
Yeah it's good... not as good as Beyond Good and Evil or the Genealogy of Morals but I guess it is sort of fiction unlike those two so I can see why they included it.
I like this book. If you like it then you should also read some Edward Abbey. Start with Desert Solitaire or The Monkey Wrench Gang.
Fucking nerd. I feel the same way about this as I do about Tolkien.
See my notes on the Odyssey.